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Study Theatre

Major in Communication with an Emphasis in Theatre

Learn the fundamentals of the entertainment industry, from stage management and design to directing and acting.

Pittsburg State's theatre program produces a diverse range of theatrical productions throughout the academic year, including plays, musicals, and experimental works.

Students have the chance to audition for roles, work behind the scenes in technical positions, or contribute to the production through set construction, costume creation, and more.

Set Design

Conceptualize and create the physical environments that enhance the storytelling and artistic expression of theatrical productions

Costume Collection

We employ a dedicated, full-time costume designer, and our inventory includes a wide range of costumes from previous productions.

Technical Training

Master all the backstage roles essential for the execution of a theater production. This includes operating audio and lighting equipment.

Train in state-of-the-art production facilities.

The Bicknell Family Center for the Arts is the region's premier destination for the fine and performing arts. Our facility features the 1,000-seat Linda & Lee Scott Performance Hall, a full theatrical stage, the 280-seat Dotty and Bill Miller Theater, and the 2,900 square-foot Rehearsal Hall.

Topics unique to the Theatre emphasis track include:

  • Performance Studies: Explore the theory and practice of live performance, examining its cultural, historical, and social significance.
  • Acting: Develop acting skills through character analysis, scene work, and improvisation, culminating in live performances.
  • Theatre History: Investigate the evolution of theatre across time and cultures, delving into its key movements, playwrights, and artistic developments.
  • Stage Direction: Learn the art of directing theatre productions, from script analysis to blocking, guiding actors, and shaping the overall artistic vision.
  • Drama Studies: Analyze dramatic literature, theatrical styles, and critical theory to deepen your understanding of theatre as an art form.
  • Stagecraft: Master the technical aspects of theatre production, including set construction, lighting, sound, and special effects.
  • Technical Production: Gain hands-on experience in managing and executing the technical elements of theatre productions, from rigging to stage management.

What can I do with a Theatre degree?

Work in the arts and entertainment industry across a broad spectrum of areas such as performance, technical production, design, and/or management.

Theatre graduates become:

  • Directors
  • Live performance producers
  • Voiceover artists
  • Stage managers
  • Broadcasters
  • Choreographers
  • Actors
  • Artists

Graduates in this emphasis track have also pursued careers in hotel/restaurant management, event planning, and facilities management.

Additional information
for the School of Humanities and Fine and Performing Arts

Catalog – see program guides